Sikkim – Pioneer in Organic Agriculture in India
Agriculture in hill states had always been a challenge the world over. The technological interventions added during the last five decades which have changed the face of agriculture in many developed and developing countries tremendously, failed to change the scenario in the hills. Due to physiographic and geographic reasons they were either inaccessible or unaffordable to the people or they were not suitable to the complex hill ecosystems. This led to the thinking of an alternative system best suited to these hilly terrains.
Shri Pawan Chamling, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Sikkim with world vision and distinct dream of developing Sikkim an developed state in India mooted the idea of transforming Sikkim’s agrarian agriculture into a high value enterprise by converting it into a fully Organic State. Elaborating his vision, Shri Pawan Chamling stressed that “Converting to organic is an effective way to supply high-value produce within the limited land to the world population who are growing more health-conscious and seeking to ignore the chemically-treated food items across the board. While organic farming practices along the hilly states generally revolves around securing livelihood on their small rainfed farms, the approach of Sikkim Government seeks to transform every inch of the Sikkimese soil into organically-viable and sustainable land to promote Sikkim as brand entity on organic farming”.
“Transformation of Sikkim Agriculture to fully organic is not only going to help the state to improve its soil quality and prevent water pollution, but will also be the key point to improve the inflow of tourists”.